Google Assistant

How can I disable the Google Assistant button on my phone?

Google Assistant

Episode 1751

John from Fallbrook, CA

John has noticed that his Google Assistant gets triggered when he accidentally hits the right button. How can he disable the Google Assistant button on his Motorola phone? Leo says that there was an app called Tasker that could do it. What you're looking for is a program that can see the hardware button and then assign it to do something else or nothing at all. So try that. It's free. 

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Is there a smart assistant that doesn't rely on voice activation?

Google's Action Blocks

Episode 1744

Claire from Boston, MA

Claire would like to know if there's a mechanism for her brother in law that will enable him to communicate with noises he can make. He's very limited. Leo says that Google has done a lot of work on voice recognition through its Google Assistants. But it may be very customized. Leo recommends going to the local Center for Independent Living and consult with an accessibility expert. They would know what can be done with a custom solution.

Do Chromebooks have good accessibility features?

Google Assistant

Episode 1696

John from Fresno, CA

John wants to know how good the accessibility features are in a Chromebook. Leo says that many Chromebooks have Google Assistant, enabling you to dictate. There's even a button on the keyboard that can enable it. But the screenreaders may not be very good. John is also looking for an affordable mobile service. Leo recommends Mint Mobile. You can pay as you go.

Is There Voice Dictation on Chromebook?

Google Assistant

Episode 1659

Cara from San Diego, CA

Cara's mother is recovering from a stroke and she wants to know how she can still communicate by email on her Chromebook. Leo says that Google Assistant will voice dictate, so she can activate it and dictate. Then she can clean it up before sending it. Google has gotten really good with it. The Google NEST Home Hub Max makes a great video caller. She can also do that. There's also the Facebook portal. One even connects to the TV.

What's an Alternative to the Echo Spot?

Spot

Episode 1600

Craig from Newport News, VA

Harold has noticed that the screen on the Echo Spot has started to flicker. Of course, his warranty has run out and the best that Amazon can do is offer him a 50% discount.  Leo says that if he's all in on the Amazon Ecosystem, then the Echo Show is a good option. But why is it broken? The Echo Spot isn't very expensive and they don't use the best screen hardware. So it may have just worn out. 

Has my Google Home Hub been hacked?

Google Home

Episode 1596

Pat from Los Angeles, CA

Pat has a google home hub and she thinks it's been hacked. What can she do? Leo says that it's likely that someone has hacked Pat's Google account. Leo recommends changing her password and turning on 2-factor authentication. Add an account recovery number and email as well. That will keep someone from changing your password. Leo also recommends turning off "share your device" in the settings and set up Voice Match. 

Is There an Open Source Alternative to Amazon Echo?

Amazon Echo

Episode 1595

Grant from St. Paul, MN

Grant thinks that home assistants like Google Assistant or Amazon Echo are great for home automation, but he hates talking to a box and knowing that it listens to everything he says. He wants more control over what it hears and what it doesn't. Leo says that there is an open source version called OpenHab, that is highly customizable and completely internal. And it runs on Raspberry Pi. There's also Mycroft.